Size: 145,840 square feet
Site area: 11.8 acres
Developer: Opus Group
Details: The Opus Group has entered the picture in a stalled effort to develop a new multitenant office-warehouse building in Brooklyn Park.
The 169 Business Center is set for a vacant, 11.8-acre parcel just to the east of the Mills Fleet Farm store at the intersection of Hwy. 169 and 85th Avenue N. in the Hennepin County suburb.
Its original developer, Thomas Noble of St. Louis Park-based West Real Estate & Management Inc., last year won a land use change for the lot, under which it was switched away from a retail-oriented designation in order to build a 150,000-square-foot office-warehouse in partnership with general contractor Amcon.
In December, however, Noble told the city he had encountered delays and received a deadline extension to proceed with the project. Last month it re-emerged with Minnetonka-based Opus taking over as developer.
The latest iteration includes changes after meetings with College Park neighborhood residents, according to city planners. A new layout — smaller at 145,840 square feet — has shifted the most intensive truck docks away from as many residential properties as possible and taps two vehicle access points to help disperse traffic.
Opus Group Senior Director Tony Phelps told the Brooklyn Park Planning Commission the project's cost is $12 million to $13 million, and it's being built on a speculative basis. The panel voted unanimously to approve the new site plan last week. The proposal is set to be considered by the City Council on Monday.
Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be contacted at email@example.com.